Hodgson expects more from Zaha

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Roy Hodgson has called on Wilfried Zaha to start making more of an impact for Crystal Palace after a slow start to the season.

Zaha was expected to leave Palace over the summer after handing in a transfer request and stating a desire to play Champions League football.

He was linked with a host of clubs but failed to secure a move to the likes of Arsenal, Everton and Borussia Dortmund.

The winger helped Ivory Coast to reach the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations over the summer before being handed an extended break by Palace.

After returning to the Premier League club, his agent was understood to be in talks with interested parties, however, Palace’s valuation ultimately scuppered a deal.

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A move still appears to be on the cards, either in January or at the end of the season, but in the meantime, he needs to get his head down at Selhurst Park.

That chaotic summer appears to have negatively influenced his performances and Zaha, who was their second-highest scorer last season, has yet to hit the back of the net.

The 26-year-old hasn’t even chipped in with an assist and Palace have suffered due to his lack of creativity in the opening five games.

A win at Manchester United has papered over the cracks slightly but they have only managed to score three goals in 2019-20.

Hodgson accepts that isn’t good enough and wants Zaha to start chipping in to aid the Eagles in their goal of avoiding the drop zone.

“I would say that we expect a lot more from Wilf in terms of assists and goals and I think that we are going to get it,” Hodgson said.

“He has been very good after he got over the initial disappointment that he didn’t get his way in the transfer window, once he got over that and came to terms with the fact he has got to buckle down, for his club and his team-mates, manager, coaching staff and for himself he has been very good. I have actually been very pleased with him in the last three games but I can’t deny the fact he hasn’t scored or assisted yet.”

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